I think the answer that we are all looking for here is not "compromise" but Victory. It is an all-out, all-hands-on-deck effort to elect more conservatives every election cycle to Congress so there is a clear majority in the House and 60+ in the Senate. Getting a conservative in the White House, too, eventually. At that point, the word "compromise" is moot. Democrats are welcome to join in the agenda and will not be locked out like the Dems did in 2009 and 2010, but they will not be catered to or begged for cooperation. The country has spoken. The majority does not want socialism, Big Government, Big Regulations, Big Spending or Crony Capitalism. As bbitter says, there is no compromising on these things. Holding up Ronald Reagan to prove a point is not cutting it. It's like plucking a bible verse out of context to justify what you want to do. In 2012, we want clear majorities and we want bold action to cut government down to its Constitutional size and no more compromise.
Until we get those majorities, we want obstruction, stalling, withholding funding, filibustering... anything and everything it takes to stop Obama and the Left from implementing a single item of their destructive agenda.
Unfortunately, we still have too many Pubs in Congress who care about what the Leftist Media thinks about them and care too much about collegiality and the voices of fear that say they cannot be re-elected if they stand their ground. Conservatives in 2010 finally got the message across to these people that if you *don't* stand your ground, we are going to primary your sorry self and find someone who will. No more squishy candidates. Dem or Pub. It is no longer good enough to have an "R" next to your name on the ballot. We want conservatives like Rubio and Allen West.
Now I'm back at the Boogie Southern Compound, I can get back to joining in the comments again.
Compromise is a funny old concept. Like many political concepts, it is subject to abuse, extreme stretching, and general mayhem. Most adults know what compromising means. It just means you are willing to take what you can out of a situation, knowing ahead of time you aren't likely to get everything. That's all there is to it, really.
Where folks go wrong is in thinking compromise is the same thing as strategy.
When you understand strategy, you realize the decision to compromise is only made at the critical point where you realize your strategy didn't achieve all of it's goals. The belief that we need more compromise is equivalent to the belief that we need fewer goals.
When was the last time you saw any leftist politician, leftist Hollywood anything, leftist union goon or leftist MSM talking head talk about compromising with Republicans...................................I'm waiting........................still waiting.
Oh! finally an answer. NEVER.
Mr. Cruz can come back and talk about compromise when anyone of those liberal groups comes forward and says they are willing to compromise in ANY MEANINGFUL WAY on anything. Until then the word compromise is no longer part of my vocabulary nor should it be any part of an elected Republican's vocabulary.
There might be a report from my great, great, great, great grandchildren on how liberals finally compromised. Until then no... you know what.
The reason Reagan had to compromise is because he had a Democrat Congress.
If we don't want to compromise and want the Democrats to have to do the compromising then we need a majority in the Senate and need to hold on to or increase our numbers in the House. Only with a Republican president bent on cutting government, balancing the budget, reducing the debt and a Republican Congress to back him will we be able to do away with compromise to liberal socialist policies that have ruined our country. We need to make this happen.
As a Tea Partier need I remind Rep. Cruz or conservatives that the class of 2010 was not sent to Washington DC to COMPROMISE. It was sent to DC to reduce the size of our government and its spending.
Compromising is what got us in this fiscal mess to begin with!
I have read about three e-mails of concerned Tea Party patriots over affiliations Of Cruz with CFR. Bummer!
I've never been one to appreciate compromise- I've seen how that works, and yes, I've lost "friends" over my not compromising on my beliefs. I can understand this candidate's view, especially the last part "So I’m not interested in compromise that doesn’t solve the problem, but I will accept less than 100% of everything I want if we are moving in a strong, positive direction in a way that advances liberty"
The only thing is, we've seen from the left that they can look you in the eye, and lie with a straight face, so even if it seemed like a workable plan, if libs are involved, it most likely would backfire.
Capitulating - that is a good descriptive word. To capitulate is to accept defeat.
Compromising is neutral. It can be done under a position of strength, which is something RINOs have no concept of.
Conservatives are the true Moderates. We determine the debate, and we choose how the compromising should end; with the closet-leftist RINOs.
Yes, and that is what will happen if America sticks her head in the sand and takes a defensive role in the world.
Personally, I more agree with Rush Limbaugh: the victors do not compromise with the vanquished. They certainly didn't.
This man is great for the conservative movement . I have been asking all who can for months now, PLEASE support him in any way you can .
He's doing well and we need to ensure his win.
If you listen to him for even a moment , you know this guy has what it takes to get this country back on track . Youtube some of his interviews or speeches he's SPOT ON.
Please support Ted Cruz for 2012 Senate.
The Republican's only job is to oppose Obama at every turn, and block any attempt to increase the debt.